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Apurimac River Rafting

Apurimac River Rafting

Apurimac means “the oracle” or “the speaker of gods” in native Quechua language! The Apurimac River is the main source of the Amazon River, the longest river in the world! Apurimac has created a canyon that is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the States as it measures 3,000 meters! The river includes loads of rapids making it impossible for ship transport but an ideal place for rafting adventure. This provide us perfect conditions to experience exciting white water rafting vacation. By taking this tour you enjoy Daily River rafting trips and observing stunning nature and wildlife of the river and canyon and camp under the sky. This is supported by our professional rafting and camping equipment and a tour guide specialized in river rafting trips.

Would you like to experience a greater rafting adventure than the Grand Canyon rafting? Get your river raft ready for these awesome rafting!

Do you like adventure trips? Then do not miss these rafting holidays that is one of the best adventure trips in Peru!

You start your rafting adventure by taking a transport in the morning to the Apurimac river valley passing the Andes on the way. There you get your special rafting equipment ready as well as you get a short training on rafting techniques and safety. After that you start rafting the Apurimac River passing rapids of class III and IV. In the end of the day, a campsite is set in a narrow gorge where you overnight after having dinner. On the second day you wake up early in the morning to make more river rafting trips passing other rapids of class III + IV. You enjoy rafting about 6 hours that day. After that you spend the night at a campsite with a campfire on the sandy beach and watching the sky. The third day is the day of our last rafting trip making some V class rapids. Then you also observe the wildlife of this isolated canyon having an opportunity to see animals such as condors, foxes, river otters, bobcats, cormorants and torrent ducks, among others. Later on you pack the equipment and start the return to Cusco arriving there in the afternoon. You finish this rafting tour (one of the best by the way) by taking a transport back to your hotel. Join and enjoy one of the 10 best rated rafting trips in Peru.


Quick Itinerary


Day 01: Cusco - Apurimac River Canyon

Day 02: Apurimac River

Day 03: Apurimac River - Cusco


Highlights of the Apurimac River Rafting:

  • A river rafting is rated among the 10 best rafting locations in Peru
  • 3 days of rafting holidays on the wild Apurimac river
  • Enjoyment of daily river rafting trips with many challenging rapids
  • Exploration of the Apurimac river canyon and its wildlife
Crew: A Tierras Vivas Representative in Cusco and a professional Tour Guide specialized in rafting trips on Apurimac river.

Accommodation: 2x campsite.

Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner.

Transportation: A private transportation, a river raft.


What to bring

  • Light sport shoes and/or sport sandals,
  • Light volume sleeping bag,
  • Sleeping mattress,
  • Sweatshirt,
  • Light throusers and shorts,
  • T-shirts,
  • Underwear and socks for 3 days (also some extra as you will get wet during the rafting adventure),
  • Cap or a hat as a protection against the Sun,
  • Sun cream,
  • Mosquito repellent,
  • Flashlight with spare batteries,
  • Bottled water.

Day 01: Cusco - Apurimac River Canyon

At 9 am, we start out our rafting holidays by a 4 hour ride northwest of Cusco (3,400 masl) across the Andes down to the Apurimac River Canyon - a 3,000 metre deep canyon, twice as deep as the U.S. Grand Canyon!! The 690 km long Apurimac River is the main source of the Amazon River making it the world´s longest river! These ensure us much better rafting contidions than a Grand Canyon rafting tour could offer us!

When we reach the Huallpachaca Village (2,000 masl), we get ready our equipment (self-bailing rafts, paddles, oars, helmets, coolers, life-jackets, wet-suits and others) which takes about 2 hours. Then, we are given a talk on safety and rafting techniques such as know-how on getting back into a raft, a flip of a raft, swimming rapids, etc. Then, we have lunch to afterward start a water ride for about 2 hours doing rapids of class II and III. Later the afternoon, reach our first campsite situated in an impressive narrow gorge. There, we have dinner and overnight.

Day 02: Apurimac River

Next day, we start rafting Apurimac at around 9 am after a healthy breakfast. Today, we enjoy being in the white water for approx. 6 hours doing mostly class III and IV rapids! During that, we stop to have lunch and then we continue rafting down the river towards our second campsite. On the way, we get to a really narow canyon with a very difficult rapid that cannot be overcome so we have to carry our rafts for a while (approx. 7 minutes). At about 4 pm, we reach the campsite. Tonight, we enjoy dinner and campfire on a sandy beach under the sky of the southern hemisphere!

Day 03: Apurimac River - Cusco

On the last day of this amazing white water rafting vacation, we raft through a few of V class rapids. Except this adrenaline sport, we can also observe the local wildlife such as river otters, bobcats, foxes, torrent ducks, condors and cormorants in this remote and isolated canyon After 3-4 hours in water, we have to finish and pack our river raft and other equipment. We finish our adventure trips by a return to Cusco on our private vehicle reaching it at about 5 pm. There, you are taken back to your hotel and thus your tour finishes. Or, maybe you can ask us about our other rafting tours. Laughing



  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Transport by a private van to the starting point and back to Cusco;
  • Professional class V river rafting Tour Guide,
  • Safety talk on rafting techniques;
  • Rafting equipment: the best quality self-baling rafts, paddles, a helmet, a life jacket, a spray jacket and a wet-suit;
  • Waterproof bags for personal items;
  • Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch and 2x dinner;
  • Camping equipment: personal double tents,Term-a-rest mattress, tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents.

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • International nor national flights
  • Airport departure taxes,
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory),
  • Other extras not specified.

Meal budget: Please allow USD 20 for meals not included.

Solo Traveller: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single tent.

Local flights: No flights are included in the price of tour!

Apurimac River Rafting Essentials

Suggested Items:

  • Sandals or slippers for the river
  • Two pairs of stocking for the river and others for the camp
  • A light sleeping bag and mat
  • A hat for the sun
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • A water bottle
  • Pants and long-sleeved shirt
  • Sunscreen, towel and personal hygiene Items

If you want to travel by one of the best rivers in the world to make river rafting there is nothing better than crossing the waters of the Apurimac River which crosses the trails of the homonymous region and Cusco.

The Apurimac River counts with rapids of level III, IV and V. The best season to find them is between the months of May to December. If you want to get rapids from the first three levels, it is ideal to take the nascent of the river in Apurimac. On the other hand, if you want to get rapids of greater difficulty, the ideal is to follow the channel that travels through Cusco and reaches the level V of difficulty.

The different types of rapids that this river has, allows that the difficulty of practicing river rafting in the area to fluctuate between the moderate to the difficult level. It is recommended to go in the company of specialists since the route of the river is interrupted by the presence of cataracts.


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